I include the entire article because it's terribly brief.
Man Donates Gay Porn Collection To Library
A 97-year-old man in Italy is to donate his entire collection of gay porn films to his local council and has asked that they be put in the town's public library.
According to the Supereva website, the man says the collection includes "all the masterpieces of the best gay porn directors."
The man, who has not been named, says the collectionr represents his struggle for homosexual rights. It is not known how large the collection is.
His struggle for homosexual rights. Hmm. Yes. Well.
You wonder what it is with this sudden surge of people leaving porn to libraries ... Well, ok, not so much "surge" as "the occasional oddity". I know about the "librarian of sexual congress" -- and my search hits are suddenly going to get terribly interesting, aren't they? -- and I know about something that took place a few years ago because one of my best friends was working for the library at the time when they received the donation. Seems that a prominent collector died and left them his collection of art books, which really is a very very good collection, with lots of first editions, lots of really good stuff that any library would want. But ... mixed in with the first editions and wonderful didactic stuff was ... well, for lack of a better word, smut. The real problem is that some of the smut actually was historic art. As my friend put it, there were confabs of librarians sitting around trying to figure out the eternal question, "Art? Smut? Art? Smut? Is a physique picture of young men committing anatomical improbabilities something that's historically important, that's the question."
Um ... but I digress. I think. In any event, it'll be interesting to see what the library decides. (I just envision some poor city librarian saying, "Yes, but is Wakefield Poole's 'Boys in the Sand' historically important? And how will we ever put these films into a circulating collection?")
12/19/2001: vive la france
12/19/2001: princess, redux
12/19/2001: yemen and rumsfeld
12/18/2001: you're NOT in the army now
12/18/2001: interesting donation
12/18/2001: shame on winn dixie, indeed
12/18/2001: saudi princess
12/17/2001: new resolve
12/17/2001: a victim of the attack ... yeah, right
12/17/2001: polluters ho!